I heard great things about this book, so I was interested in reading it. I am never sure if I’m going to like the same things about a book that everyone else does, so I take these things with a grain of salt. I loved it almost from the start.
The story was very thought-provoking even though it was definitely fiction. I did figure out the the ending about 3/4 of the way through, but, as always, the adventure is in the journey, even if we do know the ending.
The book kept my attention all the way through. It is one that I will continue to think about for years to come. I definitely recommend this book.
As 2020 comes to an end, here are my thoughts on the things I’ve accomplished.
I attempted a post every day, but I fell a little short at the beginning of the Fall semester. I think I came pretty close, though.
I attempted to post What Are You Reading every Wednesday. I missed a couple, but I came close. This was because once we started sheltering in place, I lost my internal calendar and had no idea what day of the week it was a lot.
I attended online bookclubs when I could. I didn’t finish a lot of the books, but I got to know a lot of the people. I also found out that Inky loves Zoom meetings and usually will sit happily on or near me during them.
I came nowhere near the health and exercise goals this year. It didn’t help that the gym and pool areas were closed.
I exceeded my reading goal of 100 books. When I set the goal, I was expecting to read and review several children’s books, so 100 wasn’t as high as I made it seem. I read 101 books as of December 20, but many of them were read before I hit my slump in March. I managed to get back to it and finish up the year.
I think I did fairly well, all things considered, but I could have done better. Next years goals are set, but I didn’t aim too high. I wanted achievable but not too easy. They’ll be published tomorrow.
I was invited to a Zoom party tonight. I just don’t think I can do it. I already sent an rsvp saying maybe weeks ago. I’m sensing that I’ve had a few too many meetings. I’m not feeling all that social, especially when it’s just being digitally social.
I’m really more interested in finishing up a book or two. Can I use it as an excuse?
I’m a little nervous that I’ll stop getting invited to things if I don’t go. I think I’m going to have to put that off to the back of my brain for the night, though.
I think that I’m going to finish up my audiobook and make progress on a Kindle book. I may show up on the Zoom party for a short time. I haven’t decided yet. Happy New Year, everyone!
I had set an annual goal of 100 books for 2020, knowing that I’d be reading and reviewing children’s books, along with my other books. It was definitely a doable goal.
I have reviewed almost all of them, even if they were reviewed a while after I’d finished the book. Some that I have already finished won’t be published for a few weeks, so I can attempt at least one post a day for 2021.
I credit my bookclubs for the majority of the completed books. Also, I had several authors ask for reviews. I’ve had to turn down many of the requests this year, due to work and school. There just wasn’t enough time to read. I also found myself with a lack of concentration during the summer and early fall. I just couldn’t do it. When I set the goal, I didn’t forsee the pandemic, obviously. I think I could have read more if I hadn’t lost my ability to concentrate.
I still have several days to read more books. I have multiple bookclub meetings coming up quickly in early January. I plan on getting those books read between now and the second weekend in January. I don’t know how many will fall in 2020, and how many will be in 2021. We’ll see as they pop up. I think that only my Goodreads account will show the actual date read, though.
Not a lot of these are going on this year, especially not at this time of year, but the drawing was cute, so I had to share it. There should be more Bart trains and fewer cable cars, I think. Also there are more golden gate gawker than 60s throw backs on a daily basis.
In the above linked article, The New York Times lists its most notable books of 2020. I have a few of them, but haven’t read most of them.
The Death of Vivek Oji and The Vanishing Half are on my book stack list. Earthlings, A Promised Land, and Memorial are on my TBR list. I hadn’t heard of Hamnet, but I would like to read it. The same goes for Overground Railroad and The Dead are Arising.
There are a lot of books that are worth reading on this list. It looks like I didn’t get to any of them this year, but I hope to.
The above linked article shows books that will be released this summer. I have several on my TBR list already, including Jasmine Guillory’s new book, and Jennifer Weiner’s. I also absolutely have to read the prequel to Hunger Games. I am so excited for these three, and a few others on the list.
The above linked article talks about the best books to read in 2020. Many of them were actually published in 2019. I’d be interested to see what the list of books that were published in 2020 looks like. Time will tell.
I picked this up because I didn’t have an audiobook hold available from the library, and this was available.
I felt that the author tried to touch on many controversial topics – racism, homophobia, classism, suicide, etc – and did none of them well. There were too many characters to cover in such a short book.
Also, the editor needed a little help with the hospital scene. The description of the oxygen mask and respirator made very little sense. Also, he was sent from the ICU to the ICU ? It didn’t make a lot of sense all around. A little bit of research would have made a world of comprehension.
Did we really need the food descriptions to be so detailed.? Who cares what the characters had for breakfast?
I wasn’t thrilled about the way the author wrote a lot of the female characters as jealous. Each time a man didn’t answer his phone, the female character assumed he was out cheating. Most women wouldn’t necessarily assume this. Dead on the street somewhere, sure. But ourt cheating? Not the first thought unless she had a guilty conscience herself, and not one of the female characters did, other than one who flirted a little with a doctor.
I rated it with 3 stars because with a little more editing, and a longer story, it could have been good. It just missed good and hit ok.